6.7 and 6.8 magnitude earthquakes hit Ecuador
THERE are reports of two magnitude 6.7 and 6.8 earthquakes hitting Ecuador yesterday.
Sky News has reported on the first earthquake where the US Geographical Survey released a statement saying the quake's epicentre was 58km south of Esmeraldas at a depth of 10km.
It occurred just before 8am on Wednesday, May 18.
According to a statement by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected.
The second 6.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded by the government agency US Geological Survey (USGS) at 4.45pm local time on the same day.
The recent earthquakes follow a 7.8 magnitude earthquake last month, considered Ecuador's worst in nearly 70 years, which killed over 600 people and injured tens of thousands.
Sky News reported the first quake cut electricity in some coastal areas and sent people running into the streets as far away as the highland capital Quito.
It is believed the epicentre was Mompiche.